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Robert Hoe & Company - New York, N. Y.



Robert Hoe was born in England in 1784.  He studied carpentry before immigrating to the United States in 1803.

Upon arrival, Hoe met Matthew Smith and together they formed Smith, Hoe & Company in 1805 in New York City, specializing in the manufacture of wooden hand presses.  Due to the nature of the materials used, Smith and Hoe decided to incorporate saw-making into their business.


Following the death of Smith, Hoe took over the company and changed its name to R. Hoe & Company in 1822.  He continued to manufacture printing presses and along with his sons made numerous improvements upon existing machinery.  In 1827, Hoe bought and improved Samuel Rust’s patent for a wrought iron framed press and began manufacturing it as the “Washington” press. 

After his death in 1833, his sons Richard and Robert overtook daily operation of the company and are credited with introducing various improvements and obtaining patents for these innovations.  Consequently, R. Hoe & Company firmly established its products as superior to those of European design.  Notable advances made by R. Hoe & Company included a mechanical sheet delivery system for fast cylinder presses, the rotary printing press, and the first type revolving presses.  The work of R. Hoe & Company helped facilitate the rapid and cheap production of newspapers.

Factory View - c. 1848.

In 1886, after the deaths of his father and his uncle, Robert Hoe III assumed control of the company.  In the years following, he became better known for book collecting than for manufacturing.  After his death in 1909, his son, Robert Hoe IV gained control but resigned by 1924.  In that year the company was incorporated and a board of directors was announced.

R. Hoe & Co. - 1919
New York, USA.

Robert Kelly was named president and the Hoe family no longer ran the company. During World War II, the company began to manufacture parts for weapons.  After the war, however, the price of Hoe stock dropped and by 1969 the company was forced to claim bankruptcy.  Throughout the 1970s, the Hoe factory was dismantled while the board focused on revitalizing the saw-making aspect of the company. 

In 1984, Pacific Saw and Knife Company purchased R. Hoe & Company and formed Pacific/Hoe Saw and Knife Company.  It is still in operation today.

Pacific Saw & Knife Company began as a small saw repair and distribution business in Portland, Oregon in the late 1940's.  One of the first companies to experiment with carbide on the periphery of circular saw blades, Pacific Saw & Knife Company prospered and grew to have manufacturing plants in both Portland, Oregon and Decatur, Georgia, as well as branch operations throughout the country and in Canada. 

Always eager to explore innovative ideas and technologies, Pacific Saw & Knife Company has a string of "Firsts" in its long history: First carbide saw production, First patented accu-ground tipping, First licensee of strob saws and First to introduce the strob saw to the world. First production laser and more recently, the First (patent pending) full face contact spline arbor.

Today Pacific/Hoe Saw & Knife Company continues its long tradition of innovation and excellence in manufacture to provide its customers with the finest saws, knives and paper mill blades available anywhere.

In 2009 the Pacific/Hoe Saw & Knife Company was sold to Simonds International.


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